Career in Healthcare
In 1984, Daniels, frustrated by the lack of meaty roles available to proven African-American actors, yet again showed his ambition and drive by striking out on his own. He formed Lee Daniels Entertainment, a New York City-based management company whose clients would eventually include some of the biggest names in Hollywood, from Cuba Gooding, Jr. and Hilary Swank to Morgan Freeman and Marianne Jean-Baptiste.and he eventually found himself working on big-name projects likeUnder the Cherry Moon and Purple Rain.
Even then, however, the movie was far from an easy production. Daniels, who both produced and directed the film, fired staff. On a few occasions the film budget also dried up. At one point, Daniels had Carey give a private concert at his house to raise money from a group of prospective investors. The film was eventually finished, and the end product has only enhanced Daniels' stardom. At Sundance, Precious earned three awards, including the Grand Jury Prize, and also took home the People's Choice award at the Toronto Film Festival, the event's highest honor.which co-stars Mariah Carey and Mo'Nique, was hardly a cookie-cutter operation. Because of the physical proportions demanded of the lead character, Daniels and his team had to look beyond Hollywood and most conventional casting methods to find a 350-pound African-American woman to play Claireece Precious Jones. They eventually found their woman in Gabourey Sidibe, a New York City resident who had no prior acting experience.
Recent Projects and Personal Life
A resident of New York City, Daniels lives with his partner, casting director Billy Hopkins, and his twin daughters, Clara and Liam, whom he adopted from his brother in 1996.he is considering bringing the musical Miss Saigon to the big screen.